It was confirmed last week that the University of Exeter will continue to host the largest celebration of STEM subjects in the South West for a further two years.
Focusing on encouraging students from across the region to participate in science, technology, engineering and maths, the fair is known to attract over 2,000 young people each year.
Students are introduced to STEM career paths and are given the chance to meet and learn from representatives of over 80 international organisations.
Alex Ledbrooke, partnership manager, said: “We are celebrating this fantastic news. The event has become a highlight of the region’s annual calendar.
“Over the last five years our relationship with the University of Exeter has gone from strength to strength and we’re delighted to have their support for the next two years.”
Run by Education Business Partnership South West, part of the CSW Group, the fair not only offers students the opportunity to participate in an exciting day of STEM-based activities, but it also allows them to experience one of the UK’s top 10 universities.
“We are delighted that once again we will be hosting the Big Bang Fair on the University campus,” added Karen Corr, student recruitment events manager at the University.
“It offers Exeter researchers a unique opportunity to share their passion for science, technology, engineering and maths with young people from across the South West.”
Students have the opportunity to showcase their own science-based projects to volunteer judges, all of whom both work in STEM professions and volunteer their time to inspire future generations.
Gerry Shattock, general manager of Exeter Science Park, commented: “It is a fantastic opportunity for young people and science-driven businesses to get to know each other better and to nurture a mutual passion for science.
“It is also great for the region if the best young scientists get to understand more about how leading organisations derive value from their research activities.”